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Jan. 20, 2015, letters

Are liberals running the state Legislature?

The 2015 South Dakota Legislative session began this past week. In the Senate, 27 of 35 members, or 77 percent, are Republicans. In the House, 58 of 70, or 83 percent, are Republicans.

This gives Republicans an 81 percent supermajority in the Legislature. With a Republican governor, and virtually all other officers of state government being Republican, what kind of legislation can we expect in 2015?

Will we keep our taxes relatively low or lower, or will "Republicans" who behave like Democrats raise our taxes? Will we protect the people of South Dakota from the ills of illegal immigration, or will "Republicans" who behave like Democrats refuse to do so or even reward illegal aliens? Will we uphold limited government principles and local control of our schools, or will "Republicans" who behave like Democrats block this and push liberal education experiments on our children? Will we protect marriage, family and religious freedom from leftist attacks, or will "Republicans" who behave like Democrats refuse to do so and tell us there is no danger?

Based on recent years, I'm ashamed of what I expect we'll see from our "Republican" supermajority Legislature. Every indication is that the liberals are in charge in Pierre.

— Bob Ellis, Rapid City

Keystone Pipeline will hurt state, nation

I'm hoping someone is listening to what good Christian people are trying to tell everyone about these politicians, (mainly these Republicans you voted for) who soon will be hiding in Washington, D.C., after they try their best to engulf these central plains and especially the Black Hills with this Keystone Pipeline and uranium mining to the point of non-existence of human, animal and plant life.

We don't need this ridiculous pipeline at all unless the U.S. decides to start another war or propaganda with its own people. Please believe in what is written in the Bible about the "lake-of-fire." One mistake by these idiots, either in Canada or here which we have plenty whom we/us believed in will do. This is our state and our country, and I'm trying to cause problems only to prevent the effect of what will happen if we let it.  

— Brian Smith, Hot Springs

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